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Deputy Speaker of British House of Lords Dies

January 20, 1991

LONDON (AP) _ Lord Wells-Pestell, deputy speaker of the House of Lords and a former minister in health and social security, died after a long illness, a Labor Party spokesman said Sunday. He was 80.

His wife, Irene, died suddenly a few hours before him on Thursday. But Wells-Pestell had been unconscious for weeks and was unaware of her death.

The Labor Party member was a sociologist and worked on behalf of delinquents.

As Reginald Alfred Wells-Pestell, he helped found the National Marriage Guidance Council and served on two county councils. He was created a life baron in 1965.

There was no immediate information on any survivors or funeral arrangements.

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